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Employment: Disability

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 58886, tabled on 6 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) the Department of Health and (ii) Public Health England on developing the evidence base on long-term health conditions, including degenerative and fluctuating health conditions and work outcomes following the publication in November 2016 of the work, health and disability green paper: improving lives.

Answered on

12 January 2017

‘Improving Lives: The Work Health and Disability Green Paper’ was published in October 2016 and was a joint publication by the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health. The Departments worked closely with Public Health England during the development of the Green Paper. Ministers and officials therefore meet on an on-going basis and officials work together in the joint DWP/DH Work and Health Unit. The Green Paper makes a specific commitment to build the evidence base on long-term health conditions. Both Departments will jointly consider next steps, which will be determined by the responses received through the national consultation, which is underway currently.